CAIRO – 12 September 2017: The 2017 adaption of Stephen King’s “It” has become a smash-hit success. Speaking to various news sources, the director discusses what he did to portray the book so well.
Having previously directed 2013’s “Mama”, Muschietti had already made a name for himself in the horror scene. Now with “It”, he’s reached an even further greater level of success. Talking to the National, he explained that his passion for the book was one of the factors that led to making the adaptation work so well, and distinct from the 1990 TV mini-series, starring Tim Curry.
“I tried not to think about the Tim Curry version. In my mind I was making an adaptation of the book, which I love. I was trying to make reference to a work that I love, which is the book. I really do not need to refer to the TV series.”
Much praise has been given to actor Bill Skarsgård’s portrayal of the shapeshifting evil clown Pennywise, the main villain of the film. Talking to Thrillist, Muschietti revealed that much of it came down to unpredictability; “This is something we agreed on with Bill, when we were talking and building the character. We wanted to bring that factor of unpredictability to the character, so he does a different thing every time.”
The highest praise for the film has come from the book’s author, King himself. In an interview posted on the website Bloody Disgusting, King remarked that he was “not prepared for how good the film was.”
In response, Muschietti was happy, telling the National; “It was kind of weird, because he did not need to do that, but I was there adapting his work and he is like this person on the sidelines."
“But I could see that he really got it, even though I had taken some artistic liberties. I really wanted to stay true to the spirit of the heart and soul of the story despite that, and I think he appreciated that as well.”